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Shifting Soil: How It Can Impair Your Sewer Line

Heavy rainfall does more than damage the landscaping of your home. When soil absorbs too much water, it will shift and harm your underground sewer pipes. When this happens, it may cause flooding in your home and affect its structural integrity. C. Lee Services, your go-to expert in sewer line repair in Stow, OH, discusses how shifting soil may affect sewer lines.

Severe Backups

Sewer lines depend on gravity to transport waste to the municipal sewer system. When the soil shifts along that line, it can interfere with the flow of waste, resulting in blockages and, worse, backups. If you encounter this problem, reach out to an expert to clear your lines. If the damage is too severe, sewer line replacement may be necessary.

Clogs and Leaks

Shifting soil can also cause the sewer line to leak. Soil can pull up the tree roots, causing holes and cracks in the sewer pipes. When this occurs, sewage can seep into the surrounding soil and erode it, straining the sewer line further. If you notice unusual wet spots and lush grass on your lawn, chances are you have leaking underground pipes that require sewer pipe line repair as soon as possible.

In addition, the cracks on the pipes allow for dirt to get into the system, causing clogs. If not dealt with immediately, the pipes might collapse. You can catch this issue early with regular inspections and preemptive sewer repair services.


When the sewer system starts leaking due to soil shifts, the basement is at great risk of flooding. Flooding can hurt the structural integrity of your home and create health risks brought about by mildew, mold, and bacteria. Depending on the extent of damage, you may need a new sewer installation to prevent this problem from recurring.

At C. Lee Services, we’ll help you ensure your sewer line remains in tip-top condition through our quality, cost-effective services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Do I Have to Be Home? We typically request that our customers, or an adult at the very least are home to grant us access to the pipes as needed, but they do not need to be home for the entirety of our visit on their property while repairs are being finished.

Will I Need To Move Furniture? Normally we won’t require our customers to move furniture or household items, but if there are a lot of items blocking access to the pipes, we will need to move some of them out of the way.

How Long Will You Need To Fix My Pipes? The time needed to finish our work is will be defined based on the damage we find in the pipes, and repairs can be as short as a few hours or a couple of days depending on what is required of our team.

When Do I Pay For Your Services? Customers will pay us for our repair and cleaning services after we finish our work on their property. In addition, we offer options for financing as needed.

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